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OR - DeFazio, Wyden send letter to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Oregon coast offshore wind project

Last week, Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and Oregon Sen. Wyden sent a bicameral letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) about their significant concerns with the ongoing siting process for offshore wind facilities off the southern Oregon coast.

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Science

WA - Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in good condition, though climate change a growing concern

As you stand along the coast of Washington taking in the beauty around you—miles of sandy shoreline, rocky cliffs, colorful tidepools and lush rainforests — you gaze out at the Pacific Ocean. Beneath the cold, blue waters in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary lies a different world rich in diverse habitats, abundant marine life, history, and Native American culture.

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Science

WA - To unravel some of the ocean's mysteries, scientists head to sea

Near the edge of the coastal shelf, off the shore of Grays Harbor, Washington, a 10-foot-long net the shape of two bongo drums slowly lowered into the inky black sea.

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Science

WA - Emergency measures deployed to control invasive European green crabs in Washington waters

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife implements Incident Command System for coordination with tribes, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental partners including shellfish growers.

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Waterways

OR - As the Klamath Basin faces another dry year, the effects are far-reaching

The Klamath Basin has been plagued by drought and a lack of water for years. Last year, the region faced one of the worst droughts on record, and this year Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency in Klamath County for the third year in a row.

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Fisheries

CAN - Campbell River estuary is a restoration showcase to save salmon habitat from climate change

Jim Van Tine points out a grassy marsh bench sloping into a tranquil pond populated by ducks and ringed by a mix of salmonberry shrubs and alder and cottonwood trees at the heart of the Campbell River estuary.

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Justice

WA - ‘Real’ Duwamish: Seattle’s first people and the bitter fight over federal recognition

Imagine for a moment a Seattle where the skyscrapers are not buildings but old-growth trees, in forests too thick to walk.

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Science

WA - Algae slithering among eelgrass a concern

We hear a lot about climate change, but few have the opportunity to see the changes up close.

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Fisheries

OR/WA - The US Has Spent More Than $2 Billion on a Plan to Save Salmon. The Fish Are Vanishing Anyway

“Despite all the efforts that we’ve done, the salmon run is looking pretty on the ropes.” Sirois said. “If it’s more difficult for hatcheries to produce salmon, it is the beginning of the end.”

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Property

WA - How politics have stalled tsunami prep efforts on the Washington coast

It's not a matter of if but when the tsunami comes. Whether Washington is prepared depends a lot on the will of voters

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Advocacy

OR - 9 Ways Estuaries Enhance Oregon's Coastal Communities - Diverse habitats deliver essential benefits

Estuaries, with their diverse habitats including salt marshes, forested tidal wetlands, and seagrass meadows, are among the most productive—and threatened—ecosystems on the planet. In Oregon, they link the state’s famed forests, rivers, and coasts and sustain marine wildlife, including salmon, seabirds, Dungeness crab, oysters, and forage fish—which, in turn, support Tribal Nations and Oregon’s economy.

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Science

OR - Oregon State University warns of sudden oak death threat along coast

Oregon State University Extension Office Sudden oak death (SOD), caused by a non-native pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, has killed more than 1 million oak and tanoak trees in 15 coastal counties in California and thousands of tanoaks in Curry County, Oregon.

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Science

OR - Orca sightings along the Oregon coast are up, and so are their populations

If your social media feeds have suddenly lit up with images of orcas on the Oregon coast, it’s not that the marine mammals have suddenly arrived, it’s that we’re suddenly paying closer attention.

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Fisheries

PNW - NMFS Issues Final Rule on Ocean Salmon Fisheries Off Washington, Oregon, California

The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule establishing fishery management measures for the 2022 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon and California and the 2023 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 16, 2023.

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Energy

OR - In Their Own Words: Coastal Leaders Push Back Against Location of Wind Energy

Fishermen, environmentalists, professor, county commissioner and others express concern about the proposed locations of offshore wind-energy facilities in Oregon.

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Science

OR - Farewell to Oceanus

Research vessel decommissioned after 45 years in service

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